Have I got something funky for you. RJD2 is an artist that I found on youtube years ago and the first song I heard by this guy, Ghostwriter from his album Deadringer, continually blows my mind.
The introduction of horns at 1m30s just makes me so excited every time.
I also like this version of Ghostwriter with Jurassic 5 called “Golden Ghostwriter”
Another song off the Deadwringer album, Smoke and Mirrors is very nice.
I find that I’m a fan of minimalist lyrics in these type of songs where the music is complex and strange. I particularly like the first stanza
“Who knows what tomorrow will bring
Maybe sunshine or maybe the rain
But as for me, I’ll wait and see
And maybe it’ll bring my love to me, oh…”
Another thing that’s interesting about RJD2 is this guy has worked with, seemingly, everybody from Tycho to Aesop Rock to Massive Attack. So when I found out that RJD2 did the introduction theme for Mad Men, I shouldn’t have been surprised but I still was.
The first three minutes are the iconic Mad Men theme but then the last 2m29s almost sound like an entirely different song.
This first track rocks. Twill.Distilled represents the women of nerdcore in her lyrics. Check out these lyrics:
Alex Trebek, you aint polite, I thought you were from canada
after that im just like, bro, whats the matter with ya
lets take a look at your show and your key demographic
biting the hand the feeds you, thats just simply tragic
Wanna talk about losers, lets focus on you
The rhetoric of nerds is overplayed you know it’s true
slinging out insults like loser on a show of intelligence
your diligence of dreadfulness like a benighted emulous
I don’t know whats more tragic, your career or your fitness
A foreshadow of kardashian, Lucinda Moyers is the witness
not one but two heart attacks I think the universe is callin
time for you to tap out while nerdcore keeps on ballin
Callin our home girl and all ofus losers
bruh are you serious, just take a look at her
maybe you’re just getting old, or you got glaucoma
but your presence on this nerd scene is nothing but an adenoma
First I want to thank Valeria Quinn for the links to some bonus Mega-Ran song!
It’s pretty tight, I liked it a lot. Feel free to leave music recommendations. FAIR WARNING: I have at least 2 more interviews for the nerdcore series and a couple of bands to follow up on first but I am open to suggestions!
Koo Koo Kanga Roo! is a fun duo and put on an excellent show.
When they came up on stage, in their gold sneakers and gold fanny/bum packs (worn on the front), they put on some music and had been warming up and told the crowd “We are a dance along kind of show” which was followed by instructions for the crowd to learn some dance moves, one maybe two and all pretty easy, per song starting with a warm up song. I wish I could remember their line up however here are some fun songs by them:
I’m pretty sure this is the first song they opened with.
Who inspires you? Musically, artistically, writing, personally? (As many answers as you want, don’t worry about restricting yourself to one source).
We like any group or band or performer that puts on a great live experience. We started the band after seeing bands like Dance Band, Zibra Zibra, of Montreal and the Flaming Lips.
Did you always want to be a musician/songwriter or was there a “monkey touch monolith” moment?
Always liked music and wanted to be apart of it some how. Didn’t know how until college.
What do you consider your greatest artistic and/or professional and/or personal achievement? (Feel free to answer all three or one or a combination, whatever man)
Just the fact that we are still doing this crazy little project is cool to us, but feel like there are still bigger things we want to get to.
What superpower would you have if you could have one and why/what would you do with it? (Seriously anything, from the mundane, to the established, to something completely original)
I want to have a pocket of gummi bears always loaded up. Fully stocked at all times.
If you could be in possession of a pocket dimension that you could travel into and out of at will, that contained any established cannon (books, movies, comics, video games, Salvador Dali paintings, anything) what would it be and what would you want to most do in there?
I would go into the Mighty Ducks universe and hang with the team. Maybe be their water boy.